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a major foreign policy address. excerpts from the speech have already been released. romney wants a change of course in the middle east including tougher sanctions on iran and he'll call on the u.s. to work with other nations to arm rebels in syria with weapons that can defeat president bashir al assad's army. at a rally in florida, romney promised to be a strong international leader if elected. >> when i'm president i'll take the care it takes to rebuild our principles and restore the principles that made america strong. >> reporter: the republican nominee couldn't resist taking another shot at the president's debate performance. >> now of course days later we're hearing his excuses and next january we'll watch him leave the white house for the last time. >> reporter: romney and the president have two more debates cancelleded. later this week is the vice presidential debate. now the obama camp is dismissing the romney speech saying it's a third or fourth time to explain his global intentions. on a fundraising note the president raised $181 million last month. >> there are two presidential
their country and use it to launch attacks of 9/11. >> democrats complain that romney's speech was filled with criticism of president obama foreign policy but not a lot of specific alternatives. this week is vice presidential debate but next week, president obama and romney meets in face-off on long iland. romney is planning another major speech, this time on the economy. bret? >> bret: carl cameron traveling with governor romney. thank you. there is new information tonight about how bad the security conditions were in libya prior to the deadly attack on the mission. also, there are new charges that the obama administration did not answer security calls increase security for that mission. from americans on the ground in libya. james rose listen have that story tonight in just a few moments. right now, president obama is in search of consolation and cash in california. chief white house correspondent ed henry is traveling with the president. >> reporter: raising ever more campaign cash in hollywood at a concert with stars like katy perry and jon bonn jovi he poked fun at his debate debacle
they believe romney has been kind of soft in telling us where he's going to go on foreign policy in his speech today as well as on domestic policy, how would he reduce that deficit. so they still think they've got openings here, wolf. and they do. anything can happen. overnight's a lifetime in politics, particularly when it comes to a close presidential race like this. >> and all those folks thought that president obama had it wrapped up a few days ago, not yet. gloria, stand by. mitt romney was clearly hammering away at the president's foreign policy before a military audience today and sketched out a stronger, bolder response by a romney administration. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta has more on that. >> reporter: wolf, after millions of americans watched mitt romney go toe to toe with president obama at their first debate, the gop nominee now wants voters to see him as commander in chief. he's done just that in a series of foreign policy speeches, including one here at the virginia military institute where he kudz the president of allowing the middle east to drift closer
on romney's speech, releasing a new ad, reminding voters of the republican candidate's gaffe-plagued foreign trip over the summer. romney, obama aides say, is no ronald reagan, more like chevy chase. combatting that image, romney met with a group of retired generals after a speech. the romney approach would be both more muscular and bipartisan. >> if you look at harry truman and john kennedy and the use of power by bill clinton in his second term, that is a much different approach than jimmy carter and barack obama. >> reporter: to put his vision into action, romney will have to win first, which explains why he made an impromptu stop at a nearby elementary school. at this stage of the race, the pictures matter almost as much as the policies. romney did mention the obama campaign's trump card on foreign policy, the killing of osama bin laden, but he seemed to give the credit to what he called, quote, military and intelligence professionals. romney will now shift back to the economy with campaign events coming up here in virginia and also in iowa and ohio. wolf? >> jim acosta, thank you. let's
to shape romney's foreign policy if that's a criteria for the american voter. >> again, the speech expected just about one hour from now. robin wright, thanks. good to have you on the program. >> thank you. >>> it looks like mitt romney may be doing well in early voting in two battleground states. according to florida and north carolina, republican voters are outnumbering democrats by more than 20 points. in iowa, though, democrats outnumber the republicans by more than 40 points. early voting under way now in more than 30 states. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide to help you better understand what medicare is all about. and which aarp medicare supplement pl
romney went after the president on foreign policy today in a speech at the virginia military institute. >> i believe that if america doesn't lead, others will. others who don't share our interests and our values and the world would grow darker for our friends and for us. america's security and the cause of freedom cannot afford four more years like the last four. >> shep: his campaign was firing back before governor romney even said a single word. running a new ad, quoting critics who call the governor's foreign policy wreckless and amateurish. a new gallup poll shows governor romney gaining on the president since their first debate last week. before the debate, the president had a five-point lead in the poll and now they're dead even. look at this poll from the pugh research center, this out this afternoon the this is an important one. governor romney now leads the president by four points among likely voters. after trailing in that same poll by eight points a few weeks ago. we have team fox coverage. ed henry is in california. cal cameron in virginia. the governor covered a lot of gr
gaffe. >> reporter: barack obama himself today publicly ignored mitt romney's speech. the president sent out former secretary of state madelyn albright to call mitt romney's grasp of foreign policy shallow and out of date. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >>> there's a new poll out that suggests mitt romney's strong debate performance last week has improved his standing in the presidential race. the pew research center shows romney leading president obama among likely voters by a margin of 49% to 45%. three weeks ago, that same poll gave president obama an 8-point lead. >>> today the united nations secretary-general said the violence in syria is threatening the stability of the region. activists say the civil war has claimed more than 30,000 lives since it began last year, and the violence has spread beyond the borders. syrian mortars have landed in turkey. for six straight days turkey has launched retaliatory strikes. and warned syria not to test his resolve. he said turkey is ready for war. >>> posters considered so controversial they might incite violence are now hanging in several metro
about american planes creating a no-fly zone in the romney speech. we're not talking about creation of any kind of a humanitarian protected ground zone up in the north -- >> but, michael, i'm sorry to interrupt you, mike, but we wouldn't expect any details from this man because he never gives us any. t the overarching theme is he wants a new approach. not the approach being expedited by the president. i accept he hasn't gone into details but he doesn't give us details about domestic policy. do you not accept that that's what he's saying, that he's pushing this country, were he to be in a position of authority, toward some military conflict? >> to be honest with you, i'm more worried about iran policy than syria policy. on syria policy, i don't hear the distinction as being as great as you are. you're right to point out the candidates haven't been so specific we can be sure and we can still have this debate because the candidates have not resolved their own stances very clearly. on iran policy, as your package pointed out, they both say an iranian nuclear weapon is unacceptable, but
enemies abroad. mitt romney gives a big foreign policy speech in virginia today, but over the weekend in florida, he focused on taxes and president obama. >> he will ultimately have to raise taxes on middle income taxes by $4,000 a year. >> reporter: since last week's debate, which romney is widely regarded as having won, both sides argued the other was dishonest. >> he was a little taken aback at the brazenness with which governor romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he's run. >> reporter: their truth war now on tv. >> not telling the truth about mitt romney's tax plan. >> this was dishonest. >> i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. >> the governor knows his $5 trillion tax cut isn't too popular, so a few weeks before the election, he's trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: president obama at a star-studded fundraising concert in los angeles sunday, heads to san francisco today with romney's poll numbers improving. >> they're looking very good. >> reporter: after the debate, reuters puts mitt romney within two points of the president. tomorrow we'
in california, mitt romney spent sunday in florida before his major foreign policy speech in virginia today. nbc's tracie pots has more in washington. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, veronica, good morning. even with those jobs numbers that came out friday helping president obama, we are still seeing mitt romney with a boost after the debate, and today he will argue that under the president, america is weaker against enemies abroad. mitt romney gives a big foreign policy speech in virginia today, but over the weekend in florida, he focused on taxes and president obama. >> they will ultimately have to raise taxes on middle income families by $4 million a year. >> reporter: since last week's debate, which romney is widely regarded as having won, both sides argued the other was dishonest. >> he was a little taken aback at the brazenness with which governor romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he's run. >> reporter: their truth war now on tv. >> not telling the truth about mitt romney's tax plan. >> this was dishonest. >> i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut.
this will be romney's seventh speech on foreign policy. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez gets to keep his job for another seven years, but his re-election came in the slimmest margin ever in his nearly 14 years in power. actor danny glover, a longtime supporter of chavez, was on hand for a day of heavy voter turnout. chavez's opponent, a former state governor, accused him of using the oil to his advantage. >>> well, talk about wedding crashers. in philadelphia, police had to break up a brawl involving almost 100 guests from two separate wedding parties. one man died of a heart attack and several people were injured, and it was all captured on cell phone video. >> reporter: it was anything but bliss on this wedding night in philadelphia. guests of two separate wedding parties duking it out. >> i was actually up on the second floor watching. >> it was bedlam. it really was out of hand. >> very loud and very obnoxious. >> reporter: that's the voice of 15-year-old max schultz, a guest at the hotel. he witnessed the wild brawl and recorded it on his cell phone. >> just started punching each other
today, that's the final debate before the election. so mitt romney to the, he gave this 20-minute speech on foreign policy. not exactly one of romney's stronger suits thus far. take a look at yet another poll here. the question being better on foreign policy shows him trailing the president by seven points on that one specifically. wolf blitzer, let's talk to you about all of this. joining me live from washington here. and we'll listen in a moment to that speech from mitt romney at vmi. let me ask you this, why a foreign policy speech this late in the election campaign? do you think he sees some sort of opening here? >> yes, i think that the killing of the american ambassador and three other americans in benghazi, libya, the consulate there, and the confusion surrounding the administration's explanation for what happened, the condemnation by some has given him a clear opening. take a look at what is happening throughout north africa and the middle east. he said that today. there is a lot of anti-american attitudes out there. he senses there is a moment now for him to take advantage and a
. after governor romney's speech tomorrow first lady michelle obama will be in loudoun county coming up on tuesday. and virginia's u.s. senate candidates will hold their second debate tomorrow. republican george allen and democrat tim kaine will square off in richmond. a recent nbc "wall street journal" marist poll shows kaine pulling ahead of allen 49% to 44%. "meet the press's" david gregory motd moderated their first debate last month. news 4's aaron gilchrist and julie carey were panelists. >>> new details tonight in a story we brought you last week. that dog that disappeared after a violent early morning attack in northeast has now been found. back on friday a woman was walking murray when she says a jogger started yelling at her, claiming murray bit him. she says the man grabbed murray's leash and he slipped out of his collar and then disappeared. that's when she says the man turned on her, grabbing her and sexually assaulting her. she screamed for help, and the man ran off. today the washington humane society found murray. he has a broken leg but is expected to be okay. >>> some
. later today, mitt romney will make what is being billed as a major foreign-policy speech at the virginia military institute in lexington, virginia. campaign advisers are positing a speech stark contrasts the president's view. what do you want the governor to talk about in his speech today? what kind of issues do you think need more attention from the candidates on the campaign trail? if you are a republican, give us a call. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for democrats, 202-585-3880. for independents, 202-585-3882. you can also catch up with us on a all your social media platforms. twitter, facebook, and e-mail span.org.al@c- good morning to you on this october 8. we want to start with that foreign policy speech that mitt romney is getting ready to make today. here are the headlines from "the washington times." read to you a little bit from the story, "mitt romney on monday will accuse the obama administration of fundamentally misunderstanding the threat of radical islam." host: that address is coming up at 11:20 today. we want to know what you think these can
strong. >> but according to excerpts of the speech, almost every policy romney will call for, a two-state solution, free trade, going after terrorists in libya, has been pursued by the obama administration. they're out with an aggressive prebuttle. >> reckless. amateurish. that's what republicans called mitt romney's gaffe filled tour of england, israel and poland, when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, showed a lack of presidential character. if this is how he handles the world now, just think what mitt romney might do as president. >> in a statement, liz smith says quote it's clear on every measure, mitt romney fails the commander in chief test. well, just about two hours from now, romney will deliver that speech at virginia military institute. peter alexander is traveling with the romney campaign in lexington, virginia and joins me now and peter, this is a speech that is largely about the middle east. we're not hearing a lot about asia, a lot about russia. this is really going to be focused on syria, iran, libya and afghanistan. is it not? >> yeah, i think you're exactly
account his tenth foreign policy speech of the campaign. romney's forays into foreign policy has been a mixed bag. from his rush to criticize the president on egypt and libya before all the facts were known. >> if you had known that the ambassador had died -- >> i'm not going to take hypotheticals about what would have been known. we responded last night to the events that happened in egypt. >> romney's effort to banish his foreign policy credentials with a summer trip was widely panned after romney seemed to insult the british handling of the olympics. his campaign spent weeks trying to explain why he didn't mention the war in afghanistan in his convention speech. today, romney will try again. arguing quote, i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more pros% middle east allied with the united states. i share this hope, but hope is not a strategy. it's a message he previewed yesterday on the trail. >> i commit to you i will be a leader. when i'm president, i will take the care that it takes to rebuild our principles and restore the principles that made america so strong. >>
romney three points after being up six points after his speech. romney focusololk coke us on hi plan. it calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: the candidates pounced on tv ads. romney does want to cut tax rates that would reduce revenue by $5 trillion over ten years. romney has refused to say which one, leaving him open to attack. >> today, mitt romney will launch an attack of his own, delivering a foreign policy speech slamming president obama's middle east policy. rock and paula. >> all right, tahman bradley, live in washington this monday morning. thank you, tahman. >>> and of course, the main event this week is thursday's vice presidential debate, abc's live coverage begins at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> and politics overseas now, it is another victory for venezuela venezuelian president hugo chavez. chavez although is battling cancer received 54% of the vote, leaving his supporters to celebrate right there in the streets. voter turnout was more than 80%. that's the highest in decades and the election was largely peaceful. >>> the origin of a drone that crossed into i
? is that where you are, carl? report report head fort shenandoah international airport. mr. romney's speech today started in its formulation about three weeks ago after the u.s. consulate in benghazi was attacked when republicans across the country began to think the president's foreign policy was seriously in jeopardy by his inis tints wasn't a planned attack but prompted by a movie. this was an across the board assault on president obama's foreign policy. saying the strategy of hope is not a strategy and americans can no longer afford to put american security at risk under mr. obama. >> with iran closer than stroar nuclear weapons capability. with the conflict in stir yeah threatening to destabilize the region and with violent extremists on the march and with the ambassador and three others dead likely at the end of islamic extremists. it the upo -- the conflict in te region is higher than it was when president obama took office. >> reporter: obama's campaign put out a video mocking romney. they argue romney has shown with his rhetoric without absence of a record that he's not prepared to be co
and global unrest, governor romney is set to deliver this morning what his campaign is calling a major speech on foreign policy. we have our hands on a copy of his planned remarks. governor romney saying in part, quote, i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i share this hope but hope is not a strategy. that address is set for 11:20 eastern. we'll have much more on that coming up later on this show. >> certainly will. ann romney introducing governor romney, her husband at his event yesterday. she is happy that the presidential debate gave americans a chance to see her husband for the man she knows and loves. >> one thing i appreciated more than anything else at the con veges and at the debate a chance for the american people, what chance they got to see my husband as i see him. a good and decent person. [cheers and applause] that throughout his life has exhibited his care for others, and now we're going to get a chance for him to really care for others because we're going to have the chance to see him get people back to wor
'll watch governor romney's speech 11:20am eastern time and get your reaction on that. we'll talk to a senior advice eupl for thadviser for the romney team. that is come up on fox. >> turkey returning fire on syria after another mortar rounds hits turkish territory. this is the 6th straight day of tur kirk retaliation. this is the season as rebels fire guns into the air celebrating victory after driving regime forces out of a town. four rebel units surround ep surrounded the arm's he's position. vehicles and weapons left behind by the fleeing forces. bill: iran is under a different kind of assault as an oil official there confirms they successfully blocked a cyber attack on a computer network for one of is i. tip. platforms. one source blames israel for the attack. the attack occurred over the past two weeks it said. >> proximate news alert out of venezuela, there are allegations of voter fraud as hugo chavez claims victory for a third term as president. with 54% of the vote the margin of victory is the slimmist yet for chavez. exit polls showed chavez oozing. they showed pictures
. >>> mitt romney is campaigning in battleground virginia today. a speech at virginia military institute he said it's time to change the course in middle east. steve handelsman is live on capitol hill with more on this story. >> reporter: hi, pat, thanks. down at vmi today, romney said particularly in the case of the conflict involving the israelis, arabs and iran, that only with a new president would we get the chance he says we need to start over. at virginia military institute -- >> it's time to change the course in the month. >> reporter: mitt romney claimed president obama made a mistake in pulling back overseas. >> our friends and allies across the globe don't want less american leadership, they want more. >> reporter: that goes, said romney, for the muslim world, from libya to syria to iran. he suggested obama policies in libya let al qaeda get strong enough to kill our ambassador. in syria, romney would get the rebels heavy weapons, despite the administration's fear they'll end up in the hands of al qaeda. and romney claimed he'd be tougher on iran about nuclear weapons. >> this is
. republican presidential nominee mitt romney will deliver a speech on foreign policy next monday at virginia military institute in lexington. romney and his running mate, paul ryan, campaigned in fisherville, virginia yesterday. though it didn't come up in we had night's debate, romney is talking about his 47% comment again saying his choice of words was, quote, wrong. more on that coming up later on in this hour. in this hour. >>> an alert now for women in fairfax county. police are looking if a suspected serial fondler. >> he has approached at least five women, usual hi from behind appear grabbing them and taking often. -- usually from behind and grabbing them and taking off. >> reporter: this firveg victim just came forward. she hadn't initially reported the incident. -- this fifth victim just came forward. she was walking here on hibling avenue in ving field at the same place where another woman says she too was victimized by what police believe is a serial fondler. the man is described as a man in his 30s with dark eyeand a neatly trimmed beard. victims say he usually comes up from behi
policies in the campaign -- when mitt romney gives what his campaign is billing a big speech which happens to be a crucial battleground state. we may hear romney criticize the president over last month's killing of the u.s. ambassador to libya. >> we face a time when there's tumult in the middle east and other parts of the world, and people are asking where is america, where is american leadership? as for the president he start the week out west before reaching out to voters tuesday in another crucial swing state, ohio. both campaigns will highlight high profile surrogate this is week. >> this is a pivotal election. >> former president clinton teams up with mr. obama at a fundraiser tonight in california. two days later clinton campaigns for the president in another battleground, nevada. >> mitt is up to the task. he is prepared. >> romney's wife, ann, goes in front of cameras wednesday morning when she's a special co-host on abc's "good morning america," but the highlight of the week is the vice president presidential debate. >> i hope it's a good debate. >> it's one of the things i like
foreign policy speech from mitt romney scheduled to begin 20 minutes from now. we'll have it in its entirety live on "happening now." the republican candidate will be in lexington, virginia, west central virginia. at the virginia military institute. we understand he will argue it is time for a policy change in the middle east. he will touch on libya, other places in that part of the world, iran, afghanistan, all of it coming up from lexington, virginia, 20 minutes from now. we'll have it for you here on "happening now.". more on that speech in just a moment but first, brand new stories and breaking news. jenna: a deadly meningitis outbreak spreading as the number of cases and the death toll keeps going up. plus a desperate search for a little girl missing since she left for school on friday. right now the only sign of the 10-year-old? a backpack found six miles away. a final lap crash at talladega setting off a 25-car pileup. the fallout and more on "happening now." jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. hope you're off to a good monday thus far. with less than a month to go until ele
endorsed romney and joins me with what kind of message governor romney needs to send in the speech on monday. . >> new reaction to the deadly attacks on n.a.t.o. troops by afghan soldiers, inside jobs, we've had too many in recent months and they're known as green on blue attacks, and fox news military analyst embedded with the special operation forces in afghanistan. colonel north outside of kabul. colonel? >> jamie, there are remarkably young americans on the ground confronting green on blue attacks and following the story since we've been back in country and been with special u.s. operators and here is just some of what we're seeing and hearing here in afghanistan. >> today we traveled to a remote outpost where three marines were killed in a green on blue attack and asked the special opes leader the effects of the incident. >> in the aftermath of some of these events have any come to you and said we're sorry about what happened? >> yes, sir, i mean, we've become like one of the village, one of the the populous and our loss is kind of their loss and they just as much as we did. w
romney when he gives a speech today. >> it looks like in the excerpts that have been sent -- >> a distinct difference overall. >> he covers libya and egypt and syria. >> yes. >> there's a range. let's talk about iran for a moment. when you actually analyze the candidate's positions if you look at governor romney's position on ir and that red line that as you remember benjamin netanyahu was drawing in his speech and president obama's position they're similar, aren't they identical, really? >> well, soledad, i'm not going to get into the back and forth on foreign policy. i'm not a foreign policy expert. again, i think americans need to understand there i a clear and distinct choice between these candidates relative to their approaches to how we lead, how we have led, how this president has led, failed to lead it in a large degree. >> but their positions are similar -- i think their positions are similar, there's not a big difference between the two candidates. >> listen, soledad, i'm sure you can find similarities in a number of positions with leaders on a number of differe
nominee mitt romney is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy speech today at the virginia military institute. coming up at 6:15, the changes romney says he would make in u.s. middle east policy and the results of poll in the presidential race. >>> early voting begins in california today. if you want to vote early head to your county election office, but most county offices are closed today because of columbus day. ballots for people voting by mail will be sent tomorrow when the post office reopens from the holiday. 32 states and the district of columbia offer some form of early voting. >>> today california gasoline prices are setting another record. a gallon averages $4.67 a gallon. now governor brown is taking a step that could bring prices down. he told the state air resources board to transition into winter blend gasoline now instead of waiting until halloween. some refineries already transitioned to making refinery gas. >>> relief at the pump can't come soon enough for california drivers. some people like cab drivers and delivery people have to pay for gas just to do their jobs
speech. >>> welcome back. in the wake of strong debate performance last week, mitt romney hoped to capitalize on his momentum, and today delivering a major foreign policy address in virginia accusing president obama of a lack of leadership on the global stage. cnbc's john harwood joins us again with additional details. good evening. >> good evening, larry. mitt romney spoke at the virginia military institute in the very important swing state of virginia. he didn't lay out much of a policy contrast with president obama. they're in similar places, but he did cast a contrast in terms of himself as a man of action and president obama who is somebody who is more passive. here's mitt romney. >> it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use america's greatest power to shape history, not to lead from behind leaving our destiny at the mercy of events. >> now, what mitt romney is trying to do is drive some of the polls that have shown significant progress for him post-debate. look at these three. it's a mixed verdict. you have, first of all, the very well respect
as a bad ayn rand novel or mitt romney speech. this race is about whether or not our country will continue toward totalitarianism with the presidency that has made so much worse under both the bush and the obama administrations, which have shown content for the rule of law, due process, and restrict -- such contempt for the rule of law, due process, and restrictions on the u.n. is its constitutional. we must say no to assassinations of u.s. citizens, say no to indefinite detention without any semblance of due process, and to the continued drone killings that have made our nation so much less secure. so let your voices be heard loudly from the voting booth as you are guided by your most deeply held values. >> the justice party's presidential candidate rocky anderson and green party candidate dr. jill stein, as a participated in the presidential debate last night in real time averell podiums, albeit outside the gates of the official debate on "democracy now!" special broadcast "expanding debates time to see the three hour debate, go to democracynow.org. democracy now! is looking for feedback
. >> the presidential candidates remain on the campaign trail this week. mitt romney back in virginia, speech atill give a the virginia military institute. >> president obama making more california including francisco. >> we have some work to do. got an election to win. >> president obama held a star- in southernraiser california that included a list such as george clooney, perry.ie he poked fun at his less than stellar debate performance last week. >> everybody here are great friends and incredible professionals. they perform flawlessly night after night. e same.t always say th [laughter] >> republican candidate mitt theey rally supporters in critical state of florida on sunday. warned that a second term for obama would lead to ruin thatf economic crushes the american dream. >> we will hold to that sort high on november 6. the world will see we are .erious >> while mr. obama continues to romney, summonses money will win the election -- that policy matters and not money will win the election. >> president santos joe biden getting stronger than the policies they put in place. mitt romney will say elected
research and access to care. stuart: there was at least one source of controversy. mitt romney's speech last night. >> i will stop the subsidy to pbs. i love pbs. i love the paper. i actually love you, too. stuart: i am told that this caused an uproar. that is nonsense. >> people on twitter were all up in arms about this. the challenge that everyone focuses on is the headline. no one wants to see big word go away. it makes $45 million from merchandising alone. it only cost them $70 million for them to produce their show. "sesame street" can survive. stuart: what is the subsidy? can you put it on the screen? how much does the taxpayer give? if we took that subsidy away, big bird would still be around. >> i think it is a plus. i think we get about 100 million. we give to pbs about 20% of their total budget. >> you can bring in corporate sponsors. advertisers. there are other ways for pbs to save money. i wore a big bird t-shirt that morning. stuart: it caused outrage. >> enormous. [ talking over each other ] >> i think it enabled mitt romney to point out that we have a president that does
want to talk a little bit about this speech today. thank you for joining us. what does mitt romney have to do in this speech? what sort of expectations are built up? guest: this will be romney's foreign-policy speech. it is clearly pretty late in the game for him to be delivering a speech like this. early voting has started in the number of states. he wants to continue some of the momentum he built up last week's debate. it's a chance for him to make a clear contrast between himself and the president. more importantly, it's another chance for his campaign to show that there is more of a choice between him and obama and less of a referendum. when romney pick his running mate this summer, there was a sense that this would be a chance for him to outline things for his own and have a policy position that would set him apart from the president. but we've seen over the past couple of weeks at the campaign dynamic has not changed that much. this is just one more issue on which the republicans are trying to get the president. >> what you have seen from the speech so far, is mitt romney going to
the speech that romney gave today. i know he did emphasize for a while, libya, of course that has been an ongoing situation for the united states. >> reporter: in fact, it was all benghazi, benghazi, and that is really the reason, the romney campaign attacking the white house on foreign policy, they believe that the white house is lacking in the foreign policies. they worry that the al-qaeda affiliates were active in the campaign militias. daryl issa is holding hearings this wednesday, focusing in part on this e-mail from the embassy in tripoli, last february, asking to leave a special team in libya for another four months. the commander of that team will reportedly testify that ambassador chris stevens, who of course died in the raid, wanted to keep the team even longer but of course was let down. the 16 member team was replace by a smaller unit of agents, it is not clear how long they stayed security agents stayed. tonight, they say the original tonight, they say the original team was being fazed out as libya teams took over, and could not have prevented the fatal attack in benghazi.
: for months now, central to mitt romney's stump speech, his laser focus on unemployment above 8%. >> 40 straight months. not been below 8% for 41. for 42. 43 straight months with unemployment. >> reporter: and just as romney travels to florida this weekend, a message from florida's republican governor before romney even arrived. the governor tweeting about huge economic gains there. "tampa, st. pete, clearwater and miami area experienced largest unemployment rate declines in the country." a tricky balance for romney, arguing voters change course amid an improving picture. romney emphatic it is not going quickly enough. >> the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: but economists say in this jobs report, that's not entirely the case. some have dropped out, but there's also been a surge in the number of baby boomers retiring. and there was more hiring in recent months than first thought. and romney working to win over voters who are out of work. now offering this about those comments he made a
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